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Commencing with the art and architecture of the great religious houses, this course traces the history and development of art in the West, from the turn to the Gothic in Northern Europe to the High Renaissance in Italy. Participants become acquainted with the most influential sites and works of the medieval era, from Paris and Chartres to Cologne to York, before arriving at the Renaissance and the revival of interest in classical antiquity. Alongside the works of seminal figures such as Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo and Michaelangelo, the course explores such themes as the role of patronage and the rise of the notion of the artist as a creative genius.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with prior knowledge looking to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Western Art between the twelfth and mid-sixteenth centuries.

This course includes:

  • Certificate of participation upon completion of the course;
  • Eight-week term, with a half-term break during the course;
  • Lecture with time for questions and discussions each week;
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury.

Please note that this is one part of a three-module course taking place in Autumn, Spring, and Summer. Click here to learn more about the other modules.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Evening Course: 6.30pm - 7.45pm.

    Dates: 30 January; 6, 13, 27 February, and 5, 12, 19, 26 March 2020 (term break 20 February).

     The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Dr James Hicks, Consultant Lecturer
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    £475 (£427.50 if enrolled by December 4, 2019).

    Click here to register now and pay online.
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    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

    Click here to download the course timetable.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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